Monday, 27 June 2011

Children's literature prize winners announced

The 2011 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals were awarded last week. Patrick Ness has won the Carnegie Medal for his book, Monsters of Men, which is the finale to the Chaos Walking trilogy. Grahame Baker-Smith is the Greenaway winner for the picture book FArTHER.

These prizes are awarded annually by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and are highly respected in the publishing industry, as well as by us librarians! The Carnegie Medal, awarded to the writer of an outstanding book for children, was established in 1936 in memory of Andrew Carnegie, a wealthy philanthropist who used his fortune to establish over 2800 libraries all over the world. Kate Greenaway was a popular children's illustrator in the nineteenth century. The medal that bears her name was established in 1955 and recognises distinguished illustration in a children's book.

You can find out more about the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals on the website: You'll also find lists of past winners, many of which are available to borrow from the Teaching Practice collection in Townhill Library. You'll find lots of popular authors amongst the prize winners. Many of these books are classics which are well worth a read or a re-visit, even if you're all grown up! Don't forget, books borrowed during this summer vacation won't need to be returned until the 6th October 2011.


  1. As a child I read 'The Haunting' by Margaret Mahy, 1982 Carnegie winner but have to confess I don't remember all that much about it! However, I'm pleased to see that our Townhill Library has a copy so will definitely be revisiting the story at some point over the summer months...

  2. Good idea, Alison! Just because these books are in the "children's" section, doesn't mean adults can't enjoy them too. I read Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy when I was in my twenties and enjoyed all three books thoroughly. Northern Lights, the first in the series, won the Carnegie Medal in 1995. All three books are in Townhill Library and I'd recommend them to anyone!